Late Modernity

Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society

  • Margaret S. Archer

Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)

About this book


This volume examines the reasons for intensified social change after 1980; a peaceful process of a magnitude that is historically unprecedented. It examines the kinds of novelty that have come about through morphogenesis and the elements of stability that remain because of morphostasis. It is argued that this pattern cannot be explained simply by ‘acceleration’. Instead, we must specify the generative mechanism(s) involved that underlie and unify ordinary people’s experiences of different disjunctions in their lives. The book discusses the umbrella concept of ‘social morphogenesis’ and the possibility of transition to a ‘Morphogenic Society’. It examines possible ‘generative mechanisms’ accounting for the effects of ‘social morphogenesis’ in transforming previous and much more stable practices. Finally, it seeks to answer the question of what is required in order to justify the claim that Morphogenic society can supersede modernity.




American Hegemony Co-Evolution of Structure, Agency and Culture Developments in International Relations Dynamic Core of the Morphogenic Society Global Warming as a Social Change Late Modernity Morphogenesis Unbound Morphogenesis and Normativity Morphogenesis and the Dynamics of Multilevel Networks Morphogenesis and the International Political System Morphostatic Stability or Stabilization Normativity and Social Morphogenesis Organizational Society Relational Contestation of Late Modernity Social Change and Morphogenetic Mechanisms Social Change in a Morphogenic Society Social Change in the International Political System Social Qualities of a Morphogenic Society Structure of Social Relations

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Archer
    • 1
  1. 1.Collège des HumanitésEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03265-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03266-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-1604
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-1612
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